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roadster02 01-18-2014 04:16 PM

paint stripper vs gelcoat
 
Can painted registration numbers be removed with paint stripper without harming the gelcoat? Tried laquer thinner, and that doesn't work well. I have read other postings that MEK and Acetone will damage the gelcoat, seen another post that recommended easy off oven cleaner, so figured paint stripper might be the ticket. I do not have a power polisher, and do not want to sand my boat, or "polish" the numbers off. Anybody have any experience here with stripper?

mikeg205 01-18-2014 04:20 PM

Acetone will not harm gel coat that I know of. It's actually recommended during cleaning when doing repairs.

http://www.evercoat.com/imgs/pis/gelcoat.pdf

atihanyi 01-18-2014 05:21 PM

old body shop trick-use oven cleaner it works very well

JohnE 01-18-2014 07:37 PM

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Originally Posted by atihanyi (Post 1006943)
old body shop trick-use oven cleaner it works very well

Always used that to take lettering off my painted work trucks.

JimN 01-18-2014 09:57 PM

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Originally Posted by mikeg205 (Post 1006937)
Acetone will not harm gel coat that I know of. It's actually recommended during cleaning when doing repairs.

http://www.evercoat.com/imgs/pis/gelcoat.pdf

It can if it's in contact for a long time.

wilhelmwake 01-19-2014 05:07 AM

Paint stripper can be used and it won't damage the gelcoat...

scott023 01-19-2014 08:38 AM

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Originally Posted by JohnE (Post 1006969)
Always used that to take lettering off my painted work trucks.

It certainly does the trick on vehicles, no doubt about that.

Why did the PO paint the reg on?

mustangtexas 01-19-2014 09:53 AM

When I bought my 1989 PS 190 it had painted on reg. since day one in Arkansas. I'm in Texas so I needed them off. I took the boat to a boat repair shop that did fiberglass work and they sanded, polished them off for $15. Easy.

roadster02 01-19-2014 10:41 AM

I have no idea why they would be painted on. Maybe the "cool" thing to do. Had to be expensive. It's just a pain in the --- for a new owner if the boat is going to a different state. Thanks for all the replies. I will go with the paint stripper applied with a brush to the letters only, backup will be some oven cleaner just in case.

JohnE 01-19-2014 11:14 AM

May want to heat the letters with a hair dryer. When stripping letters off of my work vans, it was always much easier on a hot summer day. Make sure you wear rubber gloves. I've never worked with acetone, but the oven cleaner burns a bit.


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